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Hoverboards are getting famous nowadays. But after several incidents of hoverboards bursting into flames, they have been building negative reputations to the public. Apart from being prone to explosion, they also cause dangerous spills. Hence, hoverboard owners share the same apprehensions of ending in similar destinations and these are; ER and the court.

Currently, many lawsuits are already filed against the retailers and manufacturers of hoverboards. One of the complainant lives in Alabama who experienced hoverboard explosion which created fire in her home. She bought the item from a mall kiosk.

Another appellant is Michael Brown. He decided to buy a hoverboard for his kids only to find out that it will catch fire when being charged. He ended up filing a case against the manufacturer; Swagway and the retailer; Modell’s sporting goods. He also requested a class action type of status for this case. According to Swagway, they are willing to fight the suit but Modell’s opted to stay quiet when asked for their comment.

With the rising personal injury cases related to hoverbaord use, it is expected that personal injury lawyers will be very busy in the next few days or months.

“If the product (hoverboard) will continue to fail, I am expecting more lawsuits to be filed. Some cases are already in the way and more are about to come”, Attorney Anthony Johnson from Arkansas said.

Hoverboards are like scooters and they are powered by a motor which can be operated through balancing. There are 22 hoverboard files reported and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating on them. They haven’t released any list of brands or model to avoid. And though customers are not prohibited from buying this item, airlines decided to ban the product due to fire hazard.

It was also noticed that fire incidences are occurring across brands. This usually happens when hoverboards are being charged while others explode while in use. And all these are blamed in the product’s cheap lithium ion batteries. Apart from that, many of these products were manufactured in China by various manufacturers. But as per Attorney Johnson, none of these reasons will affect the lawsuit filed by the affected consumers.

However, the plaintiff may need to go through many procedural hoops when the manufacturer happens to be located outside of one’s country. However, you may check if the company has distributors and assets within the country. You can also sue the manufacturer of the product and its retailer. However, take note that there are some states that do not impose responsibility on the retailers who sell defective products.